Scott Pruitt
 
 
 
 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Scott Pruitt

Edward Scott Pruitt (born May 9, 1968) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma. On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump selected Pruitt to be his nominee as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott Pruitt Facts
  • Pruitt established a "Federalism Unit" in the Attorney General's office dedicated to fighting President Barack Obama's regulatory agenda, suing the administration over its immigration policy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Pruitt's office has sued the EPA to block its Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule. Pruitt has also sued the EPA on behalf of Oklahoma utilities unwilling to take on the burdens of additional regulation of their coal-fired plants, and criticized the agency in a congressional hearing. All of Pruitt's anti-EPA suits to date have failed.
  • In 2013, Pruitt brought a lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act.
  • In June 2013, Pruitt maintained that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a provision of DOMA, a federal law that denied federal benefits to homosexual married couples did not affect Oklahoma's laws on the subject.
  • Pruitt expressed his dissatisfaction when a federal court ruled that Oklahoma's voter-approved amendment in 2004 to the Oklahoma State Constitution that defined marriage as only the union of one man and one woman was a violation of the U.S. Constitution in 2014. In October 2014, Pruitt criticized the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Oklahoma's appeal in the definition of marriage case.
  • In April 2015, news reports indicated Pruitt believed distribution of religious material to public school students was constitutional.
  • Pruitt calls himself "a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda." Several sources, including The New York Times and The Independent, have described him as a climate change denier. He said of global warming that "that debate is far from settled." With other state attorneys general, he has sued to fight the EPA's Clean Power Plan and regulations on methane emissions. Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, described the nomination as being "like the fox guarding the henhouse."
Opinion

This is one of the worst, and scariest, picks to date. Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he appointed this guy to head the EPA. This administration seems bent on reversing years of good environmental protection. Now, not only will global warming continue to get worse, but our streams, lakes, and oceans will go back to pre eighties pollution levels. Such a great legacy to leave behind for future generations.

A little side story. My wife and I were considering moving to New York State until I read the conservation reports which stated it was still basically unsafe to eat any fish from Erie, Ontario, and the connecting Niagara River. Environmental hazards like the Love Canal disaster were the direct result of a lack of regulation at the time. Is Scott thinking about the type of world his potential grandkids might be living in as a result of his ignorant thinking? Obviously not.
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal government's Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nation's Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. The Administrator is nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by a vote of the Senate. The office of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 in legislation that created the agency.
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